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"off balance" in British English

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off balanceadjective [after verb], adverb

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If someone or something is off ​balance, that ​person or thing is in a ​position where they are ​likely to ​fall or be ​knocked down: A ​gust of ​wind knocked/​threw her off ​balance and she ​fell. confused or ​uncertain about what to do next: Many Republicans were thrown off ​balance by the Democrats' ​landslide at the ​polls.
(Definition of off balance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"off balance" in American English

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off balance

surprised or ​confused, so that it is ​difficult to ​behave or ​react as you usually would: He ​walked up and said I was ​fat, which really ​threw me off ​balance (= made me ​feelconfused). Her ​remarkseemed to ​catch her ​mother off ​balance (= ​surprise her).
(Definition of off balance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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